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Published on May 01, 2009

H1N1, Swine Influenze A- Update from KishHealth System

May 1, 2009 

Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb and Valley West Community Hospital in Sandwich have seen an increase in emergency department visits and a marked increase of persons presenting with mild, flu-like symptoms (Fever, Cough, Sore Throat, Body Aches, Headache, Chills, Fatigue, Diarrhea and Vomiting).

Testing for human cases of swine influenza A (H1N1) is being conducted as directed per the guidelines of the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Centers for Disease Control. If further testing is necessary, the specimen will be forwarded to the IDPH laboratory. Additional supplies, including antiviral medications, such as Tamiflu and Relenza and appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) arrived to KCH and Valley West last night from the CDC’s Strategic National Stockpile. Such supplies were delivered to hospitals throughout Illinois.

The DeKalb County Health Department has activated a Swine Flu Hotline for county residents to obtain more information on Swine Flu, including the signs and symptoms and how to prevent the spread of illness.

The Swine Flu Hotline numbers are:  English – (815) 748 - 2410 Spanish – (815) 748 - 2425

The IDPH recommendations for staying healthy include:

  • If you have a cough or sneeze, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or cough or sneeze into your sleeve. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. 
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hands cleaners also are effective when hand washing facilities are not available. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are spread through such contact. 
  • Influenza is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people. 
  • If you get sick, stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.

If persons begin to experience severe symptoms, including difficulty breathing or dehydrations, they should seek immediate medical treatment. 

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